Our Featured Member synagogue for July 2010 is Temple Hillel Bnai Torah of West Roxbury. We are pleased to recognize the synagogue in celebration of its 60th anniversary.
Temple Hillel B'nai Torah is a Reconstructionist congregation that is welcoming, egalitarian, multicultural, and inclusive. We are devoted to worship, study, social justice and community. Hillel B'nai Torah is a haimish community that is rooted in Jewish tradition and responsive to the world we live in. We actively engage our members in the creative process of bringing new perspectives to tradition and making tradition meaningful to contemporary lives. Our rabbi, Barbara Rosman Penzner, brings openness that is derived from a Reconstructionist perspective. She is motivated by a commitment to justice, love of Judaism, and sensitivity to our individual journeys. Our rabbi inspires us to make Judaism an essential part of everyday life. Our community of about 150 households is made up of individuals, couples and families, children and seniors, multi-racial families, gay and lesbian families, interfaith families, and members of all different Jewish backgrounds. Our members live in West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, Newton, Needham, Brookline, and other Greater Boston neighborhoods.
Avodah, worship, is a key pillar of our congregation. As a Reconstructionist congregation, we seek to infuse our Shabbat and holiday services with joy and meaning, understanding that each individual seeks God and community in different ways. Our siddur (prayerbook), Kol Haneshamah, invites you to join in with Hebrew, English and transliteration of major prayers. In addition, the book is full of kavvanot (reflections) and explanations of prayers, artwork and meditations. Our rabbi loves to sing, loves harmonizing, and believes that anyone can lift their voice and join in. We also open up the Torah service to a discussion on many Shabbat mornings. Informality is our backdrop; participation is our goal.
120 Corey Street